Do you experience chronic oily skin on a day-to-day basis? Million of people suffer from excess sebum production, resulting in increased acne, irritation and other problems. If you fall under this category, keep reading to learn 5 essential tips for managing oil skin.
#1) Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
Arguably, one of the most important tips for managing oily skin is to use an exfoliating scrub once every 3-6 days. The excess oil prevents dead skin cells from washing away, at which point they become clogged in the pores. This can open up a whole new world of problems, such as the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes, etc. Thankfully, you can protect yourself from these problems by using a gentle exfoliating scrub.
#2) Weekly Facial Masque
Facial masques are not only soothing and relaxing, but they are also a great way to combat the effects of oily skin. They work by tightening the skin (just slightly), which in turn makes the pores smaller. And when the pores are smaller, they naturally produce less sebum. Try adding a clay-based facial masque to your weekly beauty routine.
#3) Use Natural, Hypoallergenic Products
This is a rule everyone should follow, but it’s especially important for people with oily skin. Artificial dyes, perfumes and synthetic chemicals can irritate the skin, encouraging it to produce additional oil. Read the ingredient label of your cosmetics, choosing products that are labeled as “natural” and/or “hypoallergenic.”
#4) Eat Right
As the saying goes, you are what you eat, holds true in the realm of skincare. Consuming empty-calorie processed foods will only make your oily skin worse. However, nutritious foods will have the opposite effect by cleansing your skin while making it look more youthful and vibrant. You can read our previous post for a list of the top 5 foods for healthier skin, but the general idea is to include more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, such as spinach, carrots, blueberries and blackberries.
#5) Remove Makeup Before Going To Bed
Our skin is forced to endure extreme oxidative stress throughout the day. Sleeping is “normally” a time for the skin to recuperate and heal from this stress. If you go to bed with makeup still on your face, however, it prevents this natural healing process from occurring; thus, further compounding the problem of oil skin. Try to get into the habit of washing off your makeup before bed each and every night.